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Tri United 2: Great Race Great Venue in Laiya Batangas

The weekend of Tri United, I was under the weather – nursing a cold and flu-like stmptoms including eyes so red and swollen that  I had to have it checked for sore eyes (doctor said everything was an allergy – the cold, the sneezing and red eyes),  I had  doubts about doing the race. But […]

5150 Triathlon 2012

The inaugural 5150 triathlon in the Philippines took place in Subic last June 24.  Its an olympic distance triathlon (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) which is not a new distance but it is new in the  sense that it is the first time the Ironman series is staging this distance.  For the last three […]

Another Year of Remembering Gabriel

Like every night before our 12-hour multi-sport event in memory of my son Gabriel, I get very little sleep.  And soon as my eyes close,  my alarm starts ringing. It is still dark, I dress quickly and by the time I get to the Alabang Country Club, the night has turned into a pale blue […]

7th 12 Hours In Memory of Gabriel (2009)

My son Gabriel lived for 9 months. Every September, we celebrate his short life  with a 12 hour event in his memory. Friends come to run, walk, bike or do a triathlon.  By doing this, our foundation, Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, raises funds for kids who are disadvantaged either because of a disability, sickness or poverty.  […]

Rice and Eggs and Other Surprises in Desaru (A Tri Story)

We found ourselves in Desaru, Malaysia when the 70.3 Ironman Putrajaya was suddenly postponed. We had trained for months and were ready to race. Ani de Leon instantly found another race, just 1 week after the original race we  trained for. It was called the  Desaru Long Distance Triathlon (2k swim-90k bike-21k run). Our small […]

My brother, the weekend triathlete and runner

Lino got me into triathlon. He was hooked at a time when I was  a contented runner and scared of venturing into something new. He took me on my first “serious” ride around the village. I got hooked after two rides. Then he got a job that kept him up throughout the nights. I continued […]

Sleepytrigirl is back

I don’t recall suffering from jet lag as much as I am now. Its been more than a week  since I got back from Ethiopia and my body clock is still off. Last Sunday, I ran the Greenfield 10k race on 1 hour sleep.  That night, I slept soundly and after 7 hours of sleep,  […]

A Sleepytrigirl is Made not Born

How does a sleepytrigirl who has been a night owl most of her adult life become a triathlete or a morning athlete -runner, cyclist whatever? It was a process. It started with the death of my son… Running consoled me.. As I added on the mileage, I decided to train for a marathon (the Chronicle […]